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Langley air show canceled over sequestration threat

Langley air show canceled over sequestration threat
By Jeff Sheler
The Virginian-Pilot
Published: February 16, 2013

Citing budget uncertainties and the threat of sequestration, Joint Base Langley announced Friday it is canceling the Langley air show, which was set for May 3-5. A spokeswoman for Oceana Naval Air Station said it may cancel its show as well.

"The Air Force has to consider the fiscal challenges affecting the Department of Defense and the nation," Col. Korvin Auch, 633rd Air Base Wing commander, said in a statement announcing the cancellation.

"We're taking prudent steps now in order to be good stewards of taxpayer resources while focusing on maintaining readiness."

At Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, spokeswoman Kelley Stirling said that canceling its annual show

"is definitely being considered, but no decision has been made."

If sequestration happens, Stirling said, the Navy is expected to cancel shows by the Blue Angels flight demonstration team for the remainder of the year. Since the Blue Angels are a big part of Oceana's show, she said, "that would mean our show gets canceled regardless."
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